“Now I am become Death, the destroyer of worlds.”

—  Oppenheimer quoting the Bhagavad Gita.  I most recently heard this recited in the excellent new science fiction film, “Ex Machina.”  I had one of my own characters quote him when a new weapon was revealed in my novel.  This photo was floating around in my downloads folder, for some reason.

I always thought he invoked the quote after the first atomic bomb was successfully tested in New Mexico in 1945, right there at the site.  Now I am reading that he recited it afterward?

Look at the photo.  The guy had the face of a thoughtful, boyish, soft spoken poet.  Then consider his invention.

God has bizarre sense of irony.

 

 

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2 thoughts on ““Now I am become Death, the destroyer of worlds.”

  1. wreichard says:

    Op is a truly fascinating character…some very good bios out there. Not a simple character by any means.

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  2. I am going to have to read up someday. 🙂

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